The first day of the 2021 FINA Diving World Cup saw medals awarded in two synchronized events. The World Cup also doubled as the final Olympic qualifier in diving where the four highest ranked eligible nations obtained a quota to compete at the Olympics. The FINA Diving World Cup is currently being held in Tokyo, Japan from May 1st to May 6th 2021.
The preliminary round of the women’s 3m synchronized 3m springboard was topped by China’s Chen Yiwen and Chang Yani where they finished first in four out of five dives to obtain a score of 317.46. This was 22.98 points ahead of 2019 World Championships silver medalists Jennifer Abel and Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu of Canada.
The Chinese pair would again dominate the event, this time getting the top score in all five of their dives to win gold with a score of 317.16. Abel and Citrini-Beaulieu won silver (289.98) while Italy’s Elena Bertocchi and Chiara Pellacani won bronze and an Olympic quota (283.77). The other Olympic quotas were won by Germany’s Tina Punzel and Lena Hentschel, the United States’ Kassidy Cook and Sarah Bacon and Great Britain’s Grace Reid and Katherine Torrance.
With their biggest competition not participating, 2019 World Championship bronze medalists Tom Daley and Matthew Lee were a clear step ahead with the rest of the field during the preliminary round of the men’s synchronized 10m platform. They finished with a score of 441.72 and obtained the top dive in five out of six rotations. Second place were Canada’s Vincent Riendeau and Nathan Zsombor-Murray who were over 50 points behind with a score of 52.08.
While the rest of the field had a great first required dive in the final, Daley and Lee would take over the lead on route to another very comfortable victory to win gold with a score of 453.60. This was 47.91 points ahead of Mexico’s Randal Willars and Ivan Garcia who won silver (405.69). The bronze medal was won by Riendeau and Zsombor-Murray (393.81). Along with Mexico and Canada, the Olympic quotas were awarded to Ukraine’s Oleksii Sereda and Oleh Serbin and South Korea’s Kim Yeong-nam and Woo Ha-ram.
This was the final opportunity for nations to qualify in these events. The remaining synchronized diving events are set to conclude tomorrow where the men’s 3m and women’s 10m will be held.